Salvation Army Helps Bell Ringer Through Homelessness

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - The Salvation Army started their annual Red Kettle campaign today at Hobby Lobby on South 14th Street. The Salvation Army helped the bell ringer who was at the kick off today through some trying times.

Jacqueline Harris lived in California with her kids and grandkids.

"I had what they call everything and I had some joy but it was just like I would be sitting there wondering what I was going to do next," Harris said.

And when she found out her grandson with autism was put in a home all alone in Texas she moved to Abilene to find him.

"I thought everything was going to be I'd go out there, find a home and I'd be set... nope," Harris said.

She was staying at the Salvation Army and when they offered to have her ring the bell during their Red Kettle campaign last year she jumped at the opportunity.

"And I rang the bell for the whole season and I sang my Christmas songs and it gives me joy in my heart," Harris said.

Through her struggle Harris found joy.

"I have tears running down my face but I'm still singing," Harris said.

Harris is ringing the bell for a second year and bringing the same holiday cheer. Hobby Lobby customer Prissy Jones said Harris was so cheerful she couldn't help but donate.

Harris' situation is a little different this year.

"I found a home and loving people everywhere I go," Harris said.

And while Harris still hasn't found her grandson yet, she is still keeping the faith.

The Salvation Army will have 24 kettles all across the Big Country and the campaign lasts through December 23.

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